School Leadership Readings

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  1. What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? by Pasi Sahlberg

Over thirty years of systematic research on school effectiveness and school improvement reveals a number of characteristics that are typical of more effective schools. Most scholars agree that effective leadership is among the most important characteristics of effective schools, equally important to effective teaching. Effective leadership includes leader qualities, such as being firm and purposeful, having shared vision and goals, promoting teamwork and collegiality and frequent personal monitoring and feedback. Several other characteristics of more effective schools include features that are also linked to the culture of the school and leadership: Maintaining focus on learning, producing a positive school climate, setting high expectations for all, developing staff skills, and involving parents. In other words, school leadership matters as much as teacher quality. ... For more visit

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? by Pasi Sahlberg


Azim Premji Foundation issue of 'Learning Curve' on school leadership. Volume XVI